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Better than store-bought Homemade Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Yes, you can make cinnamon toast crunch at home. It’s way easier than you think, and yes, it will be better than the boxed stuff, so much better. This cereal is extra crunchy, has a touch of butter, is flaky, perfectly sweet, and heavy on the cinnamon. Every bite is roll your eyes back good. It’s best enjoyed any time of day…with milk, as an ice cream topping, or simply by the handfuls.
Well, this is an exciting Tuesday. We’re making homemade cinnamon toast crunch and it’s truly one of my best recipes yet.
You guys? This cereal is so good. It brings back all the best childhood memories. And honestly, it’s not only a million times better than the boxed stuff, but it’s also simple to make. If you can roll out pie dough, you can bake up your own homemade cinnamon toast crunch cereal. Plus…it’s going to be so fun!
cinnamon toast crunch before baking
There was a lot of inspiration from different places for this recipe, so let me walk you through it all.
First and foremost, as a kid cinnamon toast crunch was my favorite cereal (then Cheerios, but I was never that into any other cereals). I’m really not sure how one could not love cinni toast crunch…it’s one of the best cereals out there. If the boxed stuff wasn’t so bad for me, I’d probably still eat it regularly. I’ll forever love anything cinnamon toast.
Two, after making homemade Twix bars, homemade Chocolate Fudge Pop Tarts, and then, homemade Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts, I was left wanting to create more homemade versions of my childhood favorites. Something about quarantine life has left me wanting all the nostalgic foods from my past. Is that weird? I don’t know, but I sure am having a lot of fun creating (and improving) on the boxed foods we all ate (and loved) growing up.
Next, most everyone is home right now. Many of you are home with your kids and they are bored. I don’t personally have kids, but I have my little sister, Asher, visiting me often…and she is bored. Asher’s favorite cereal? Cinnamon Toast Crunch…though she’s never had the boxed kind. My parents just don’t buy that stuff anymore (correction – Asher says she has had it at her cousins in Cleveland). But I’ve made this homemade version before and Asher has always loved it. When I told her what I was making on Sunday, her eyes widened with excitement and we had a lot of fun baking this together. So, my point? This is a great recipe to bake up if you have bored kids at home.
And finally, with summer so close, I feel like a bowl of homemade Cinnamon Toast Crunch would be the perfect lazy summer morning breakfast. No cooking, just add cold milk…a chill laid back morning with a bowl of sweet, crunchy breakfast cereal.
Pretty darn close to perfect, right?
PS. dying to know what everyone’s favorite cereal was/is? Are you all about Cinnamon Toast Crunch? What’s your favorite? Please…do share.
This cinnamon toast crunch cereal is simple. As I mentioned, if you can roll out pie dough, you can make cinnamon toast crunch. It’s a very simple mix of whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, cinnamon, butter, vanilla, and a touch of sugar too. Just seven ingredients. All of which you can find in your pantry and fridge.
At least that’s my hope.
The cinnamon adds flavor directly to the dough. The butter creates a flaky bite, the vanilla adds flavor, and the sugar sweetens it all up. Start by mixing together the cinnamon and sugar. See, super simple.
Now, mix up the dough. I like using the food processor to easily mix the dough and create the flakiest, crunchiest cereal, but you can simply use your hands as well. Once the dough is mixed, it’s time to roll it out.
The key is to roll the dough pretty thin, I’m talking about the thickness of a quarter. This will give you the crunchiest cereal.
Once the dough is rolled out, I then transfer it to a sheet of parchment paper, brush with butter, and sprinkle with that cinnamon sugar. At this point, cut the dough into little tiny squares.
Next, transfer the parchment paper to a baking sheet and separate the squares, spacing them apart. After a lot of testing, I find the method of cutting the dough first and then transferring to a baking sheet to be the easiest, and to work the best.
Finally, you bake. No chilling needed, just bake for a little over ten minutes, the smells are wonderful. You can eat warm, but these are best once cool. As they cool they become crunchy and so delish.
And that’s pretty much it. Could not be simpler, and the end result is roll your eyes back good.
Well, I don’t know for sure. It’s been a while since I had my last bowl of cinnamon toast crunch, but this cereal does taste really, really good. And if my memory serves me correctly, yes these taste just like cinnamon toast crunch. But Asher says…better. You can really taste the real cinnamon with undertone flavors of vanilla and sweet butter.
And everyone’s second question…can you enjoy this cereal with milk? YES, you can. And it’s beyond GOOD. It’s also great by the handful or when served atop ice cream or even yogurt. The options are endless, but for me, it’s best with cold milk or just by the handful for snacking. What’s your pick?
And guys, that’s about it. This cereal is the simplest to make and every single ingredient is a pantry staple. Meaning you have zero excuses to not bake these up this week. Promise it will be fun, and yes, so delicious!
Looking for other homemade favorites? Here are a few…
Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts
Homemade Healthy Samoas Cookies
Lastly, if you make this homemade cinnamon toast crunch cereal, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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Question about the thickness of the dough. You mention 1/8 inch and thickness of a quarter. A quarter is 1/16 which is half as thick as 1/8. Which should it be closer to? I did it once and it was way too thick. It was probably 1/8 but maybe even just a tad thicker so 1/16 or quarter thickness seems better. Can you confirm?
Thanks for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback! I would go ahead and roll thinner to your liking! I hope this helps! xx
Hi Tieghan! I’ve made these once and they were amazing! I’m thinking of making these and wrapping them individual baggies as part of my christmas cookie box as a twist! How long do you think they last, and do you have suggestions for keeping them fresh?
Happy Wednesday!! I truly appreciate you giving this recipe a try and sharing your review, so glad to hear it was a hit:) These are good in an airtight container for up to 1 week! xT
GIRL you never miss! Made this for a lazy Sunday breakfast and it was perfect – crispy with a bit of crunch from the cinnamon sugar topping, and it didn’t get soggy in the milk (even after I spent several minutes taking pictures ?). Amazing recipe, thank you Tieghan!
Shoot, forgot to give a 5 star rating ?
Thanks again Chelsea!!
What can you do to have a longer shelf life?
Sorry, not much you can do:) Add preservatives, but then they would be like the grocery store cereal. xx
Happy Monday! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it and sharing your feedback!! Have the best week:) xx
Absolutely incredible! I needed to roll mine just a touch thinner and cut smaller as per your description but they still turned out really delicious. Very simple to make. This will be in a monthly rotation for my kids. Thank you!
Thank you so much for trying this recipe, I am thrilled that it was enjoyed!! xTieghan
I haven’t made this yet because I’m not like the amount of butter. Wondering if coconut oil can replace some of the butter or maybe all.
Sorry, for this recipe you will want to use all of the butter. Let me know if you give it a try:) xTieghan
I was wondering if I could make this recipe using buckwheat flour or chickpea flour and if I could put maple syrup instead of the granulated sugar.
So sorry, neither of those would work well for you! I would recommend following this recipe as is:) Please let me know if you give it a try, I hope you love it! xTieghan
This was very good. It made about 6 servings total and we finished it in 3 days (2 bowls per day). It’s just…. it felt odd knowing that we literally ate 2 sticks of butter for breakfast over 3 days. This isn’t a complaint because we knew what we were getting into lol
Awesome! I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thank you for making it! xxT
Thank you for sharing this! Do you have any suggestions on making it store longer?
We are big cereal eaters in our home, so I’d love to try making this in bulk.
Sorry, since this is a homemade cereal without any preservatives, you can only store for a week. I hope you love the recipe! xTieghan
Hey, so I tried this out a couple of times, and don’t get me wrong they’re good! But I’m a little bugged on some things. Though I appreciate that they aren’t hard like most other recipes I have tried, they are simply not crunchy! They don’t go soggy in milk, which is good, but they have no real crunch. Also, while I didn’t mind using butter on the first go round, the amount of butter is just outrageous as a day to day meal. I’ve tried some experiments but it’s got me a little stumped. I like them, and definitely recommend them, but I feel that they need a little work, and I would be thrilled for any suggestions! Either way I will definitely have them now and again!
Thanks for giving the recipe a try, sorry you are having issues. Is there anything you are adjusting in the recipe? in regards to the amount of butter, I wouldn’t recommend eating this daily, it is definitely a treat:) xTieghan
Well I hadn’t changed anything at first aside from using more all purpose flour instead of pastry, but I experimented afterwards. Also I decided to try one last idea last night, and I think I’ve done it and have tweaked the recipe to my satisfaction! I’m really happy with it now, and big thanks for the recipe, couldn’t have done it without yours! ?
would love to know your tweaks?
As written, this recipe is very similar to pie crust. I read the comments about it not being very crunch (and being highly caloric), and reworked it based on a cracker recipe. I used 1.5 c white flour, 1.5 c whole wheat pastry flour mixed with 2 TB of the cinnamon sugar mentioned above plus 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 cup melted butter, and 1 tsp vanilla. Pulsed in food processor with 1 cup cold water until a ball formed. Rolled out and brushed with butter and a heavy dose of cinnamon sugar as mentioned. Baked at 425 for 12-13 minutes. I think the texture is a big improvement.